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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/30/2009

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High-Strength Radiation

Increased rates of cancer also have been detected in people exposed to high-strength forms of radiation such as X-rays or radiation emitted from unstable atoms called radioisotopes. Because these two types of radiation are stronger than ultraviolet radiation, they can penetrate through clothing and skin into the body. Therefore, high-strength radiation can cause cancers of internal body tissues. Examples include cancer caused by nuclear fallout from atomic explosions and cancers caused by excessive exposure to radioactive chemicals.

High-Strength Radiation